REFUGEE FAMILY SUPPORT VISA
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You can live, work and study in New Zealand. Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application if they were first included in your sponsor's registration
Your sponsor must be a New Zealand citizen or resident who was granted residence on the basis of being a refugee or protected person, or as an Afghan interpreter. Your sponsor must also meet other tier one or tier two requirements. REFUGEE FAMILY SUPPORT CATEGORY SPONSORSHIP REQUIREMENTS If your sponsor doesn’t meet the requirements, they won’t be able to sponsor your residence application.
Your sponsor must complete a ‘Refugee Family Support Category Sponsor Registration Form’ and provide evidence of their immigration status, which can include any of the following:
Your sponsor should also attach photocopies of birth certificates for all family members they want to sponsor, if they are available. Only tier 1 sponsor registration is currently available. Tier 2 sponsor registrations will be returned.
If birth certificates aren’t available, your sponsor can include identity cards instead. For you to include your partner and dependent children in a later residence application, they must be included in your sponsor’s registration.
Sponsors aged 18-24 must provide evidence they can meet their sponsorship obligations, which may include:
If your sponsor is aged 18-24, they’ll need to include this evidence with their completed ‘Refugee Family Support Category Registration Form’.
If your sponsor’s registration is selected from one of the Refugee Family Support Category queues, we may invite you to apply for residence.
If we invite you to apply for residence, we’ll send you a letter detailing all the information you’ll need to provide.
If you’re invited to apply for residence, you’ll have 12 months to send us your application.
You don’t need to provide any evidence of your good health, unless we ask you to.
If you are 17 or over, you must provide a police certificate from:
Police Certificates must be less than 6 months old when you apply. You don’t need to provide any Police Certificates until you’re invited to apply for residence.
To include your partner and dependent children in your residence application, you must provide evidence:
|Registration processing||within 4 weeks Registrations are processed within 4 weeks|
|1. Your sponsor registers with us||Your sponsor will need to complete a Refugee Family Support Category Sponsor Registration Form and send it to us with their registration fee and supporting documents.|
|2. We select your sponsor's registration and invite you to apply for residence||When we receive your sponsor's registration, we enter it into a Refugee Family Support Category queue for selection. If we select your sponsor's registration, we check they are an eligible sponsor before contacting them about their selection. After this, we invite you to apply for residence â€” You will have 12 months to send us your application. Residence is not guaranteed” as well as having a sponsor, you have to meet the other requirements for this visa.|
|Processing||within 18 months 90% of applications are currently completed within this time. This timeframe combines processing times for different resident visas that we receive low numbers of. Individual processing times may vary.Timeframes are in calendar days.|
|1. We make a decision about your application||If there is anything else you need to do, we will be in touch.|
|2. You apply for residence||You can fill out a Residence application yourself or ask someone to help you. Because there are rules about giving immigration advice, it is important the person you ask is allowed to help you. You will need to send us your application together with your supporting documents and application fee.|
These are the conditions that you must meet
You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.
You can be refused entry permission if:
When we grant your visa, if you are outside New Zealand you and your family will have 12 months to come to New Zealand.
If you and your family are unable to come to New Zealand in this time, your visa will expire and you’ll have to apply for a new visa.
Your family must have been included in your resident visa application for them to come to New Zealand.
If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.
If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.
To transfer your visa, you must:
You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire.
To travel after that, you’ll need to apply for and be granted either:
Your travel conditions will expire 2 years from the date you first arrive in New Zealand as a resident.
If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.
Your sponsor is responsible for making sure you have somewhere reasonable to live for your first 2 years in New Zealand.
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